No Air Bag Dump On My New Freightliner

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Went to hook to my first trailer this morning. Someone low dropped it. Looked for the air bag dump switch.....looked......looked some more....it does not have one. WTF. It DOES have a pneumatic king pin release. I don't even want to use that thing!!!! I will pull that manually each and every time. What the hell is the advantage to that??? You are standing right there when you lower your landing gear, and or, disconnect your air lines and pigtail. I guess I will get a workout 💪 with the landing gear crank!!!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Am I missing some newfangled way to lower the ass of this tractor?

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∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I loved my kingpin release! I don't have one on this truck, however....

I have a switch that over inflates the airbags. I am assuming that I would use it to lift my trailer if I get stuck on a hump in a parking lot, etc. We have low profile step decks and rgn that are inches off the ground.

Big T's Comment
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It's their new gimmick to make drivers become mentors. Student powered landing gear id the future.

My International doesn't have it either.

Am I missing some newfangled way to lower the ass of this tractor?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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No way to dump airbags? That just seems weird?

King Pin release is nice to have (in warm weather), when I remember to both release the tension on the king pin and press the button (in reasonable temperatures) before exiting the cab. Doesn't seem to work (on International trained in last couple of weeks) in the cold. Landing gear cranking also sucks in this cold! (Not like class in Summer and Fall anyway!)

Just my $.02.

Your mileage may vary!

PackRat's Comment
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Some trucks do not have them. I would stage a 34 hour reset in protest immediately!rofl-3.gif

G-Town's Comment
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You guys crack me up...I’ll defer to the reset, compliments of PackRat.

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I texted Tractor a while ago telling him I can’t remember the last time I dumped the air from the bags.

Being honest...and I am getting under up to 3 different trailers per day.

Overrated, possibly overused. ???

PJ's Comment
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I use it mostly to drop a loaded trailer. Helps the landing gear not bind up. It always is a pain too hook to a loaded and the landing gear is all bound up because it was literally dropped by the last driver

G-Town's Comment
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I use it mostly to drop a loaded trailer. Helps the landing gear not bind up. It always is a pain too hook to a loaded and the landing gear is all bound up because it was literally dropped by the last driver

I get that.

I lower the gear until the pads touch the ground, give it another half crank...

The evil jockey drivers are the primary culprits for binding the gear. Animals...

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I love the king pin release. All those years before fight the release handle I had the shop build me a release handle out of an old release handle. I don't think I have had to use the air bag dump yet.

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